Evaluating Assessment Management Systems: Using Evidence from Practice

Evaluating Assessment Management Systems: Using Evidence from Practice

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Evaluating Assessment Management Systems: Using Evidence from Practice

One focus of the Vision Project, a Commonwealth of Massachusetts initiative begun in 2009, is to encourage growth in public colleges and universities’, learning outcomes assessment efforts. Related to that focus, in 2012 a state-level Assessment Management System (AMS) Committee was formed. Charged with investigating issues related to possible use of electronic systems for centralized collecting and scoring of student products, the Committee conducted a survey of campuses which yielded basic data on campus AMS use. In this report, we present the results of an independent investigation designed to obtain more in-depth information to inform our local decisions concerning AMSs, and to possibly be useful to the on-going state level efforts.In interviews, representatives of 15 Massachusetts colleges and universities reported a long list of concerns and barriers, both technical and human, to electronic systems’, implementation –, whether or not they were currently using an AMS. The results of this research suggest the importance of campuses carefully evaluating its outcomes assessment process needs, whether an AMS system will meet those needs, and if so, whether the institution will be able to provide the resources needed for full and effective implementation.Key words: Assessment data management, costs of technology, technology adoption

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